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Old 03-27-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Getting into Mountain Biking

Me and my girl want to get into taking mountain bikes through trails and things. Instead of picking up a 100-200 dollar walmart bike Im wondering if 400 -500 will be enough to get a decent used mountain bike? I need two of them. where should I start on craigslist? I have no idea what to look for...


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Well I am a avid Rider. I ride/race mountain bikes and I ride/race Road bicycles. I would say for a good starter bike you want to spend $400-$600. You can either buy used off craigslist ( bikes are higher price due to season coming up) or you can buy new and I could recommend shops to use. You don't need a full suspension bike when starting. I would recommend having shocks on the front at least. If you can find a GOOD full suspension bike, then go for it. I don't recommend buying a used bike UNTIL you have gone to a shop and got sized for a bike so you know what to shop for. If you are 6'-0" and need a 58cm bike and go buy a 52cm. You will have a lot of problems/injuries. Same thing if you get a bike too big. I can send you some guidelines or you can use me as a reference. Just PM me and we can swap numbers or emails.

There are some really good trails right next to my place (I-10 & Eldridge - Anthills) that I could meet you at and show you the ropes. The do's and don'ts and etc. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET, no if's and's or but's about it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:37 PM   #4
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Good thread to watch as I am looking to get some pedaling on! I picked out a bike by looks at a shop and it turned out to be a 3000 dollar custom specialized.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:41 PM   #5
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I should ride one just for the fitness aspect...but that sounds like work.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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A cheap route is to buy a motobecane that comes loaded with parts, then when you break the frame, buy a better frame....lol 4-500 can get you a nice bike on cl. Do you know your size?
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:37 PM   #7
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Funny, I bought a Motobecane and have replaced almost all of the parts but the frame is still solid.
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Funny, I bought a Motobecane and have replaced almost all of the parts but the frame is still solid.
That's what I have. I upgraded the brakes as the stockers didn't work that great. Other than that it works fine for me but I'm not racing it or anything. Cycle Spectrum carried them but I believe they are out of business. You can still order them online though.
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I will probably need to shop in the big & tall bike shop... 5'-11 and 280lbs
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Lol ask Jon bones how long that 500 dollar mtb lasted at memorial the first time we took him.
Till the first drop....and if you are 280..you need some decent rims or you will taco them for sure.
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Spend AT LEAST $500... anything less will just be a headache. And if you've got the money, $1000 will buy you a nice hardtail you won't "outgrow".

I'd also suggest buying your first bike from a local shop (there are several good ones here)... you won't get the cheapest price, but you'll be fully informed, and make a purchase you'll be happy with.
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what about a large frame gary fisher wahoo w/ disc's and front suspension? comes with a computer and was made the last year before trek took them over...
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Lol ask Jon bones how long that 500 dollar mtb lasted at memorial the first time we took him.
Till the first drop....and if you are 280..you need some decent rims or you will taco them for sure.
My entry level haro and giant do just fine. Though I will say if you get one of these upgrade the forks the stock forks won't hold up to anything above a entry level rider .
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I had a $500 haro that lasted a month before the front forks blew..

I have a gary fisher now and have replaced a few parts for some better quality ones but overall havent had any issues with it. Me and a couple buddies ride the trails in memorial on friday nights, night riding is a blast!
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my old man had a chromoly frame Raliegh that was in the 2k range when I was in high school. It was in my way in the basement so I was gonna just throw it up on his bike stand for a few....the clamp damaged the main seat tube on the frame and I spent my senior year paying for a bicycle that cost me more than my car. Quit riding bicycles and switched to moto powered stuff after that.
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My entry level haro and giant do just fine. Though I will say if you get one of these upgrade the forks the stock forks won't hold up to anything above a entry level rider .
and you ride it at memorial park or the ant hills...?
riding on street is considerably different than in the canopy of the trees and trails.
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Well you probably didnt buy the one with good components. You can get one with all xt-r for fairly cheap.
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